Cross Country Ski Informational Class; The Nuts and Bolts of XC Skiing


Cross Country Ski Informational Class; The Nuts and Bolts of XC Skiing - Online Classroom

In this virtual class you will discover details that one needs to know about the winter sport of xc skiing in WA. This seminar is designed for beginner and newer intermediate xc skiers, and those xc skiers new to WA State. We are going to cover all the details you need to know so you are a more informed xc skier. This class will deepen your understanding of skiing both off and on the trail.

  • Easy
  • Date: Sunday, November 12, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Virtual Classroom via zoom
  • Please sign in to zoom at least 10 minutes by 1:50 pm for attendance purposes
  • Zoom information will be set to the class participants a few days before the class begins.

WA State has diverse XC Ski parks across the state. Learn how to get ready for the trails, understand the difference between ski types, understand the weather’s impact on the trails and roads, and what is needed to ski the various xc ski parks before you ski the trails. 

This seminar will not cover: 

  1. Back-Country Skiing where skiing is outside marked trails and forest roads and where different ski skills, experience and equipment are needed.
  2. How to Ski 
  3. Waxing Skis- brief mention is made of ski wax types and the need to wax. 

Some of the XC Ski Topics we will cover are:

  1. What each Mountaineer Ski Branch Offers
  2. Where to ski in WA and Trail Classifications
  3. Types of Trails and their Locations
  4. Winter Driving and Safety Tips
  • Mountain Passes
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Trail Passes
  • Plan B
  • Trail Safety
  • Ski Trail Etiquette.....yes, there are rules on the ski trails
  1. Three Types of Nordic Skis
  2. Scales or skins for your bases
  3. Which pair of skis to use on the different types of trails
  4. Equipment: Skis, boots, poles
  5. Skis come in various performance levels....Know what you are buying
  6. ALL Tips and Tails of skis need wax: rub on or hot wax....Let us summarize
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